Editor's Note: As the Insider goes to press, the latest reports from the Philippines indicate that between 2,000 and 2,500 residents lost their lives in Typhoon Haiyan (unconfirmed reports place the toll much higher), and more than 650,000 have been displaced. The Sierra Club stands in solidarity with the people of the Philippines as they labor to recover from this devastating catastrophe.
American Icon or Vermin?
Yellowstone National Park's 3,700 bison are the only ones left with a genetic line free of cattle genes. They are our last wild bison. But since 1985, more than 7,000 Yellowstone bison that have crossed outside the park boundary have been killed by federal and state agencies. A new proposed plan in Montana would allow Yellowstone bison to roam outside the park throughout much of their historic range in that state. But state senator John Brenden has called the animals "vermin … in need of extermination."
Find out more about what's at stake for our last wild bison.
Gina McCarthy Wants to Hear from You
For the last two weeks, activists like you have been packing conference rooms, speaking out online, and raising the roof at rallies, hearings, and listening sessions across the country, telling the EPA to protect our communities from carbon pollution. Now there's one more chance to tell the EPA why you care about climate. On Thursday, November 14, at 4:00 p.m. ET, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be joining a teleconference and Twitter chat on carbon pollution, giving you the opportunity to share your story or put your questions directly to Administrator McCarthy.
RSVP here to get the call-in details and submit your question in advance.
Sierra Club and BLM Team Up for Veterans
As Michael Brune writes in his Veterans Day blog post, "the Sierra Club and the BLM haven't always seen eye-to-eye … but helping veterans explore and enjoy our public lands is a mission we agree on 100 percent." Recognizing the enormous value in partnerships that encourage veterans and military families to enjoy public lands, the BLM and the Sierra Club have signed an agreement to work together on programs, training, and recreational activities for veterans and military families.
Thank Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for her efforts to help the military community get outdoors.
Great Views, Less Effort: 5 Safe, Easy Hikes to Beautiful Places
Some hikes are memorable because they push our boundaries and challenge our limits. But not every outdoor excursion has to be a death-defying adventure.
Whether you're a beginning hiker or an advanced outdoorsperson looking for a quick, easy trip with friends or family, we've collected a few must-try trails that offer maximum rewards for minimal effort
20 Great Gifts Under $20
The holiday season is right around the corner -- and the Sierra Club Store has great gifts for everyone on your list.
Check out our special selections and shop today.
(Order soon for delivery before Hanukkah on November 28.)
Bikes Re-Imagined: 3 Groundbreaking Designs
You think you know what a bicycle looks like? Think again. These creative revisions of the classic bike design defy expectation.
Check out three new innovations in bicycle technology and tell us in the comments which model you like the best.
Saving the Diamondback Terrapin
In 2011, Kathy Lacey, an environmental science teacher and Sierra Club volunteer from Pennsylvania, attended a four-day summit on marine issues in Washington, D.C. Inspired by what she learned, Lacey founded the Terrapin Nesting Project to raise awareness of the plight of the diamondback terrapin. Two years later, the project has rescued and released thousands of terrapin hatchlings into the ocean and engaged hundreds of new volunteers in the process. For her achievement, this fall Lacey -- and the Terrapin Nesting Project -- won a Sierra Club Special Achievement award.
Read more about this remarkable volunteer and learn how you can get involved.
A Master Finds His Voice
In 1928, a young Ansel Adams joined some 130 Sierra Club members on a month-long Canadian camping expedition that involved arduous climbs in Jasper National Park and neighboring Mount Robson Provincial Park, among other locales. It was during this journey that Adams began to find his "voice" as a serious photographer. Ansel Adams in the Canadian Rockies
, with a foreword by Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, chronicles one of Adams' earliest major photographic expeditions -- and the only one he ever made outside the U.S.
Read more and add this special book to your collection.
White Water Rush
Looking for the ride of your life? Then grab a paddle and join us on a raft trip down some of the world's premier waterways. Blast through wild rapids, take in awe-inspiring scenery, and explore history and wildlife on a variety of side hikes.
Paddle through narrow desert canyons and explore ancient Indian dwellings on Arizona's Upper Salt River, encounter intermediate rapids, bighorn sheep, and towering canyon walls in Colorado and Utah's Dinosaur National Monument, or raft among glaciers, grizzly bears, and the St. Elias Mountains in Alaska and British Columbia.
Book your raft trip or find the trip that's right for you at Sierra Club Outings.
Front Range Fracking Fight Heats Up
Last year, the city of Longmont, Colorado, passed regulations prohibiting oil and gas drilling in residential areas, mandating setbacks away from schools, creeks, and parks, and requiring oil and gas companies to disclose the chemicals they truck through town. Incredibly, the state of Colorado (and less incredibly, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association) sued the city, asserting that only the state can regulate oil and gas. The citizens of Longmont subsequently voted to ban fracking within city limits, and for that they have been sued as well, prompting the Sierra Club to intervene on Longmont's behalf in both lawsuits. Meanwhile, several other Front Range cities have passed similar fracking bans.
Read more and take action to help spread the word about the danger fracking poses to Colorado communities.
Don't Oil Our Wild and Scenic Rivers
Tar sands mining is destroying the pristine boreal forest in Canada, but America's forests and rivers are also at risk. Right now, Big Oil is working to spoil a scenic stretch of highway in the Rocky Mountains that twists through forests alongside multiple protected scenic rivers. Their goal: turn this wild and scenic river corridor into an industrialized "megaload" transport route to Alberta's tar sands.
Take action now to protect our rivers and forests.
Photo: Idaho Travel Council
Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation
and The Art of Fermentation
Bruce Rich, author of Foreclosing the Future: The World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction
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